It was all to familiar a scene at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday, as the Bills once again fail to move the ball, not scoring an offensive point, ultimately falling to the New Orleans Saints 27-7.
The loss, only putting the Bills to 1-2 on the season, doesn't seem as catastrophic to many outside Buffalo, but real Bills' fans know better. Alot of focus, for some odd reason is put towards Terrell Owens' failure to catch a pass, or his post-game comments, or even his tweet to Rodney Harrison.
But for the die-hard fans that are out at One Bills Drive week in and week out, we are all too familiar with the same lack luster offense that has plagued this team going on three years now. Trent Edwards' inability to spread the defense, see an open receiver, or have the courage to throw into tight coverage for fear of making a mistake. Dick Jauron's same fear to go against the grain, and take a chance on a fourth and one in the Bills' own territory with roughly seven minutes remaining while down by ten, is an all too common scene that Bills' fans have grown weary of watching.
Of course, Jauron says in his post-game interviews, he's comfortable with the call, and didn't want to give the Saints back the ball with such a short field. Hey Jauron, you're down by ten!! Your team was running the ball effectively against the Saints, opportunities have been squandered all day, grow a set and live with it if it fails, if it works, you have more to gain.
Obviously, it's easy to armchair quarterback from the stands, but it's been three years of conservative play calling and questionable decisions that has led to losing seasons under Jauron's tenure. The Bills did not lose because the defense gave up over 200 yards rushing, most came after the decision to punt in the fourth. It wasn't because "Team Obliterator" went without a catch in a game for the first time in 185 games, and it wasn't because the Saints outplayed the Bills.
Simply put, the Bills lost again, because of poor coaching, untimely penalties, turnovers, that are avoidable, third down and two in field goal range and you pass?! And a quarterback that has taken on his coach's personality, play not to lose.
If I were T.O., i'd be furious too, i'm glad for Owens to have answered his post-game questions the way he did, but look forward to the day he starts calling out those people in this organization who need to step up and be responsible for the mediocrity that the fans' have been subjected to the last three years, i'm sick of watching a team fail the same way week in and week out.